Motorcycle Types Cruiser Sarah Palin: The 'Motorcycle Mama'

Sarah Palin: The ‘Motorcycle Mama’


Motorcycles & Politics

The former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, made a contreversial motorcycle trek this Sunday when she appeared at the annual Rolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C. Once the reports began, the motorcycle journey earned Palin the nickname “Motorcycle Mama.”

Palin was observed at the rally on the back of her daughter’s Harley-Davidson, donning a black-leather jacket. At one point in the rally, she told the press that “I just love the smell of emissions.”

Although Sarah Palin reported to be at the motorcycle event that honors fallen soldiers, many political analysts are calling the trip a political stunt. The Memorial Day Weekend event, which featured around 100,000 motorcyclists, was supposedly the beginning of Palin’s “One Nation” political campaign tour that continues up the East Coast to New Hampshire to where the first presidential primary of 2012 will be held.

Palin hasn’t officially announced her presidential candidacy, but said that she’s contemplating running for president in 2012.

Besides startling the political news analysts, Rolling Thunder’s director, Ted Shpak, also reported he was not happy with Palin’s appearance at the motorcycle rally to honor fallen military men.

And to make things even more controversial to the political analyst, while Palin was roaring around on her daughter’s Harley, President Barack Obama was in Joplin, Mo., in support of the lands that were ravished by the recent tornadoes.

This is going to be a talker, especially for politically-active motorcyclists.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Houston 2 Fantasy Supercross Tips (19 Fast Facts)

Looking at the results of the opening round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series, I’m reminded of what futurist Jamais Cascio said,...

Team RB Freestyle Randie and Birdman Motorcycle Stunt Riders

Hello Rider Readers, It’s Randie Raige of Team RB Freestyle here! Come take an inside look at tandem stunt riding with me. That’s right, two...

2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts)

The Aprilia Tuono V4 has earned a reputation for being an uncompromisingly high-performance upright sportbike. Note that we didn’t say naked, as it has...

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Lineup First Look: Adventure and Travel

Sporting two touring-oriented ADV motorcycles, the 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT lineup returns with some motor and electronics package updates, and a bit more....

2021 American Flat Track Schedule: 17 AFT Rounds Planned

The 2021 American Flat Track schedule has been revealed, and it features 17 rounds running from March to October, and coast-to-coast. There are four...

2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory First Look (11 Fast Facts)

There are quite a few updates to the 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory. None of them are revolutionary. However, taken together, they add...